Allen Iverson talks about his legacy after Naismith Hall of Fame announcement

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Allen Iverson was yesterday named as one of ten people who will be inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2016.

The former Philadelphia 76ers great will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame on September 9th along with former players from him era Yao Ming and Shaquille O'Neal.

Despite never winning a championship, Iverson is considered one of the most exciting players to ever grace the hardwood and his full throttle, non-stop style of play entertained fans all over the world.

He ended his career as the 2001 Most Valuable Player, a three-time All-NBA First-Team selection, a four-time scoring champion and an 11-time All-Star, amassing a total of 24,368 points during his 14 years in the league.

Speaking to Craig Sager, the 40-year-old explained what it meant for him to be selected for the Hall of Fame: "It means I'm old," he joked.

"It is just a tribute to everybody that helped me get here. I couldn't have done this by myself. My family, my friends, my teammates, my coaches, my fans everybody and everybody should feel like they are Hall of Famers too if they supported me throughout my career."

Iverson was loved by so many as he had a style on and off the court that had never been seen in the league, and he believes just being himself is what led to his current standing in the NBA world.

"I felt like being me was cool," he said. "That's the biggest part of my legacy, I think, is being yourself is alright. It's cool to be yourself and that's what I think my legacy will be."

Iverson was also asked what he feels was the biggest mark he left on the game of basketball, to which he responded: "Just somebody that played every game like it was his last, that's it. I just gave everything I had, night in, and night out regardless of whether I was hurting, sick, whatever. I gave my teammates everything that I had and I think that's my stamp on the game."

Despite standing at the same height and dressing with the same style throughout his career in the NBA and in retirement, Iverson does believe that he has changed significantly from his days on the hardwood, and says he will continue to grow.

"I have. I'm a lot different than I was," he told Sager. "I'm growing, I'm still evolving, I'm trying to be a better man, a better father, a better husband, a better family man. I'm getting better, I'm learning as I go on."

The Virginia native also took the time to give a message of support to Sager, who is continuing to work despite revealing that his leukaemia was no longer in remission: "You're a fighter man, do what we do, that's what we do. Fight."

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